DARD budget to be cut by 18% over four years

A couple of points to note from the BBC report on comments by a Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture senior civil servant to the NI Assembly committee.  The 18% budget cut over the next four years matches the earlier reported cut of 17.2% in the budget of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.  Then there’s this

The department official said no assumptions were being made about where cuts will be made and whether jobs will be lost.

He also revealed a savings plan, supposed to be delivered to the Department of Finance by 26 August, has not yet been submitted by the minister, Michelle Gildernew. [added emphasis]

Perhaps they’re still working out how they’ll we’ll pay those EU fines…